Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween Michelangelo-Style!

Happy Halloween! It's a day of ghosts and goblins... and Michelangelo?  Yep.  Michelangelo!  Read on... and maybe get some costuming inspiration?

The Opening of The Sistine Chapel
"Finally, on October 31, 1512, the chapel’s doors were opened and Romans flocked to see the wonders therein. Michelangelo’s work created an immediate sensation in the city and beyond. In covering the enormous space with a program of panels and tremendous figures, Michelangelo had solved the problem of perspective that faces many muralists. The ceiling is impossible to see all at once, even though it soars sixty feet above the floor. No seat in the chapel has a better view than another—and all views are beautiful.

"Julius II, pleased with Michelangelo’s work as well as with the hubbub it had created, showered the artist with gifts. However, Michelangelo never felt he was fairly compensated for his work, and he complained bitterly. For his part, Julius II, seeking to make his monument even grander, approached the artist about adding gold and ultramarine to the figures. He asked Michelangelo to reassemble the scaffolding and add sparkle because without it, he said, “It will look poor.” Michelangelo, reluctant to incur more expenses and to rebuild the scaffolding, replied, “Those who are depicted there, they were poor too.”
"With Julius II’s death in 1513, Michelangelo could have been forgiven for thinking he would no longer be pestered by the pope about the Sistine Chapel. And, indeed, that was the case for no fewer than twenty-three years. But in 1536, he would be called back to the chapel again, this time to paint the altar wall for a very different kind of pope."
from A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome by Angela K. Nickerson

Happy Halloween!  I hope it is spooky!


Peter said...

... and if I remember correctly, you are not allowed to take photos here, but we all do, don't we (no flash of course)? :-)

❦TattingChic said...

That is really cool! I did not know that the Sistine chapel was originally opened on October 31st! Good to know. In just 3 years from today it will be celebrating it's 500th birthday! Amazing!

Angela K. Nickerson said...

@Peter: You are exactly right! LOL It's the only one I have, I promise.

@TattingChic: Yep. Make plans to come with me to Italy in 2012 to celebrate the 500th anniversary! I'll be taking a great group. :)

Emily said...

I finally went to the Sistine Chapel this summer and was blown away! It was so massive and gorgeous. I was not pleased, however, that we were not permitted to take photos (even without flash). We were told that on some days they allow it, but on others they don't. I was there on the wrong day! But I couldn't leave without one, so I stuck in several no-flash pics. Couldn't help myself. It was astounding!

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